(December 15, 2023)
On Thursday afternoon, the Houston SPCA collaborated with Harris County Resources for Children and Adults to rescue 37 cats and kittens from deplorable living conditions in an apartment near the 14,000 block of Westpark in west Houston. Concurrently, the agency provided support services to the adults affected by these conditions.
Last summer, the Houston SPCA, Harris County Resources for Children and Adults, and Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee entered into a Letter of Cooperation. This agreement aimed to facilitate the sharing of specialized resources when addressing cases involving the county’s most vulnerable adults and animals, particularly in instances of animal hoarding.
Jay Chase, Chief of Animal Cruelty at the Houston SPCA, emphasized the collective efficiencies established to expedite special assistance for all parties involved, emphasizing the importance of a continuum of care.
The Houston SPCA’s Animal Cruelty Investigations Team highlighted warning signs of animal hoarding and urged the prompt reporting of animal cruelty:
– Homeowners who refuse to open the door for visitors or only step outside to greet them.
– Residences where animals are heard but seldom seen.
– Homes with persistent odors of waste and decay.
– Windows are always drawn or with flies accumulating inside.
– Presence of multiple cats or dogs and their young roaming the property in poor condition.
Report Animal Cruelty by calling 713-869-7722 or file a report online HERE.